There´s every reason to believe that ObamaCare will ruin America´s fine health care system; weaken our already shaky economy; cause more people to go without health insurance and is widely unpopular. Even though most citizens seem quite uncertain of all its provisions, surveys repeatedly show that it is unpopular and grows more unpopular as the time for implementation of more of its provisions nears. And the law opens the door for -- completely foreseeable -- widespread abuse, some of which is already starting.
Oh, Clarice...your optimism is so cute. You are correct, of course (as ever), but I have lost all hope that anything will change the trajectory this country is on. The greased-rail extremely-downward trajectory.
The only problem I have with this article is that Clarice perpetuates the myth of the media that the Republicans paid dearly for the last stand they made under Newt Gingrich. In the following election Republicans gained seats in the Senate, and in the House lost only the usual amount lost in a midterm election. They still were able to pass Welfare reform and hold Bill Clinton to reduced spending after the government shutdown. Please explain how the GOP paid dearly. They got this country back on a good economic track.
I don´t think Clarice´s weird trick is weird at all. I think it´s excellent strategy. We don´t have the votes to stop Obamacare. Period. So at least force them to vote regarding the exemptions for Congress. There is no way they can then escape blame for the shutdown if they refuse to accept that provision. It´s brilliant.
For those who keep saying we need to shut down the government, that would be walking right into Obama´s desired ultimate end game. The chaos that would result would give him the opportunity to invoke emergency powers, including martial law. It´s precisely the Red October opportunity his entire strategy has been moving this country toward.
...not evil Republicans shutting down the government but rather, the Democrats are so committed to increase fraud and favoritism to their supporters and donors that THEY´D shut down the government to keep that graft and privilege alive.
It´s a fine idea. Does the GOP know about it?
It´s the exeptions that stick in the craw of Americans because there is no real necessity to exempt anyone if Obamacare is such a great thing. One must ask "If Obamacare is so good for Americans, why do so many people want out of it?"
OPEN LETTER TO GOP: I want you people to ask and answer that question in a press conference before the Senate vote. Appear on every TV show, every talk radio show and keep asking the question over and over again. Then give a list of those groups and individuals who have been given exemptions.
If Congressional staff cannot afford it, what makes legislators believe anyone else can afford it? This is just too simple and it stymies me why it is not being utilized by the GOP.
For all the David Brooks Republicans out there and on this site...defunding Ocare this week was brilliant. It forced Democrats to vote once more for it, and some of these dims were new members. Plus, they voted for something they are exempting their own staffs and themselves from participating in. Plus large corporations. Remember the Alamo was a loss, but it brought the victory of San Jacinto. Now the Democrats in the Senate, some new ones, must take the same stand for Ocare, plus some Rino Republicans are being exposed like Richard Burr of NC. You better believe they wish they didn´t have to do this again. That is the reason for the fuss. Already Lindsay Graham has switched his stand on defunding. So you David Brooks Republicans, stop whining and join those fighting for America and not some particular congressman trying to get elected again.
While I appreciate Feldman´s optimism, unfortunately, it will take Obie´s Lenin-approach for creating new misery among the common man before he becomes willing to realize that he got the shaft...again.
While exposing the truth about ObieCare is well and good (what have we got to lose at this stage?), the sheep will need to be deprived of essentials such as food, water, energy, communications, and money before they become willing to realize that they were the very group that Obie sought to screw and control and vote democratic while he claims sympathy for their plight at the same time. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, no?
This defunding is a good ploy. With all the decit, arm twisting and sweet hearting that took place to ram it through it is overdue. For those naysayers who say it is a waste of time politically: It isn´t just about functional politics, it is also about morale. This is like making a last stand before the attacking indians overrun the fort. We might be at near lost-platoon standing but we´ll show them what for-hit them in the bread$ basket and show them the real American resolve. We aren´t going down without a fight.
I wish Ms. Lucianne would allow a repost of Sarah Palin´s call to arms from yesterday. It is now pushing up to 6,000 comments on Breitbart. This Obamacare vote in the Senate will shape the party for years to come. Out with the old and in with the new. Her last paragraph is prescient...
"Oh, and a little reminder to Republican senators up for re-election in 2014: Moose season ends soon, allowing more time on one’s hands. So, we’ll be watching your votes very carefully this week."
Cruz, Rubio, Lee, Paul and the others she help get elected know what the Mama Grizzly plans to do.
I heard on the local news last night that a jobs fair was to be held in St. Charles, MO where the government will be hiring six hundred people to implement Obamacare. Six hundred! And that is in suburban St. Louis alone. As soon as these jobs are entrenched, the game changes. Thereafter, when republicans try to REPEAL the law we´ll hear about all of the jobs that will be lost. Nevermind all the jobs lost because of the law. As always, the democrats will control the narrative and they will easily twist the facts in their favor. I am increasingly convinced that if we don´t stop it now, it will never be stopped.
Or, Republicans could negotiate the following: No Republican Congressman or their staffers will be exempt from Obamacare. Watch the Dems squirm then. Oh, but that would be unfair to exempt one segment of Congress.... Yeah, we know, it´s unfair to exempt people. Take this fight to the American people. Just like with Syria.
Clarice is the first to point out something I have been thinking. The regime lied to the American public that the sequester would be Armageddon, and it was barely anything. Now the regime is saying the same thing about government shutdown. What if they gave a shutdown and no one cared?
We should never be afraid. And we need the morale boost, as a mother poster said, of believing something good is actually occurring for a change
Nice article Clarice. I trust your investigation and common sense solutions. What I don´t trust is the Republican establishment´s capability to offer and instigate viable solutions to problems like this that will in the end ruin this country.
Just once I´d like to see the GOP and RNC grow some backbone. I don´t expect them to do so with Obamacare. Although I vote Republican in every election, most times I hold my nose because of the indecisive and eventual turncoat candidates. I will though vote for every Tea Party candidate in every Primary.
I will watch this whole process with low expectations.
During the Clinton Disturbance of the 90`s, the Supreme Court ruled the line item veto as unconstitutional. A president could not pick and choose what parts of a law, passed by Congress, he would accept or deny. Fast forward to today where Obama is doing precisely that, by exempting certain groups of people from participation.
I am surprised nobody has taken this issue to court. This is certainly a case of equal treatment under the law. If Congress members and their staffs can be exempt then everyone should have the opportunity to `opt out`.
#15, with her talent for kingmaking, the rinos in the Congress should be quaking in their boots right now. With her hunting skills, looking for vulnerable targets should be no problem. I can´t wait to see who she will oppose next year.
I am hoping she knocks a lot of rino and dem incumbents out of Congress. A few more like Cruz and Paul would go a long way to rattling the cage.
The importance of this article is the ability to expose the truth about the fraud and waste that the Democrats are willing to perpetuate with this new law. This adds to the frauds already ongoing throughout the government that they never find time to root out.
And of course until the smarly politicians are also in the sewer with the rest of us they won´t be fighting OUR fight because they got theirs and who gives a dam about us!!! Except that WE pay THEIR salaries and bennies but WE don´t count!!! They have no skin in the game. And until everyone feels the pain there will be no gain for our side. By then it will be too late cuz the stake has been driven into the heart of America and she´ll be DOA!!!!
Now when these SewerDwellers come up for vote....kick them to the curb and don´t look back. They have had ample time to straighten this mess out but they don´t have the fire in the belly and brains in the skulls or the ambition to look their opponents in the face and SPIT! The socialist-backed democrat devils will do and have done every hellish act they can think of...voter fraud, etc. to get their devils hoofs into our lives and that´s how socialist and commies operate. When I write a letter to my unillutrious senator regarding their waiver from the obambacare and ask why they accept it, I NEVER get a reply to that. Hae any of you tried to get an anwer to that question? Do tell if you have. Or about all the waivers that were granted for their favorite socialists and UNION thugs. Damn them all.
If the Senate can get cloture and then drop sections of the bill, I don´t see any reason not to do the same with Clarice´s proposal. But i say keep fighting to the bitter end. Obama and the Dems are being exposed as acting against the will of the People.
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